Nose Peaches and apricots with a more than generous sprinkle of cinnamon. I could spend so much time just appreciating the nose. Glacier cherries and plum wine. The wood has done wonders here. Its simple and delightful.
Palate Buttery and creamy. The same apricots and peaches follow through from the nose along with the cinnamon but here they are joined by what I believe to be hints of cantalope melon. Sweet, soft and oily. But here is where this whiskey really comes into its own. The sweetness is all fruit, and its complex enough that it just keeps coming. Dried orange and lemon peel, Plum wine again.
Finish Sort, with apricots and peaces again dominating over cherry and cinnamon undertones.
Conclusion This whiskey is simply breathtaking. It's one of the best I have ever tried and I am so glad I have a bottle waiting untouched and stored away.
@conorrob it is good to see you posting! Thank you for your review.
Yes, Nikka Taketsuru 17 yo is a keeper. Too bad this one is mostly a vanished breed now, except at a dear price. Like you I am very glad that I have an unopened bottle of Taketsuru 17 yo on hand.
@Victor appreciate the post! Feels great to be back!
Adored it so much in Japan that I immediately bought two, this was the last of a bottle that was opened for friends and appreciated so much it barely saw 24 hours open.... A short but happy life.
It really is a shame and I'm sad I didn't buy a third in all honesty.